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Johannes Vermeer The geographer 1668-69

 

Omicron Wave of COVID-19 Has Peaked in UK (ET)
What’s Really Going On With Covid Deaths Data? (BBC)
Face Masks Make People Look More Attractive, Study Finds (G.)
Australia Minister Says Djokovic ‘Talisman’ Of Anti-vaccine Sentiment (ABC)
Australian Minister Says Risk Of ‘Civil Unrest’ Behind Djokovic Cancellation (G.)
Senator Plans To Introduce ‘FAUCI Act’ After Doctor Called Him A ‘Moron’ (Fox)
GE Halts Covid Mandate For Employees After Supreme Court Decision (BG)
YouTube Suspends And Demonetizes Dan Bongino Over ‘Mask Fascists’ Content (PM)
Dog Gone (Kunstler)
How To Read The US Paper For Peace For Our Time (Helmer)
Putin’s Challenge To Western Hegemony – The 2022 Edition (Tooze)
To Save Time, Biden To Ship 500 Million Free Masks Directly To Landfill (BBee)

 

 

“There needs to be a complete lockdown of vaxxed people until we can figure out what the hell is going on..”

 

 

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That’s settled then.

“Meanwhile, UK media report wall-to-wall…tennis players, No.10 parties, a playboy Prince and his uniforms …and occasionally repeat their masters’ fantasy mantra ‘Russian aggression’.”

Omicron Wave of COVID-19 Has Peaked in UK (ET)

The Omicron wave of COVID-19 has peaked in the UK and cases are starting to decrease in all age groups and in almost all regions in the country, a British scientist said on Jan. 13. Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and the lead scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app, said data suggests the Omicron wave has peaked, with hospitalisation, deaths, and early data on the severity of the Omicron variant all “looking positive.” He said COVID-19 symptoms are now “for the first time this winter more common than colds and flu and are indistinguishable.” According to data from the ZOE COVID Study, 52.5 percent of people experiencing new cold-like symptoms are likely to have symptomatic COVID-19, an increase from last week’s 51.3 percent.


According to ZOE data, there are currently 183,364 new daily symptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the UK on average, a clear decrease of 12 percent from 208,471 reported last week. Among people who have received at least two vaccine doses, there are currently 83,699 new daily symptomatic cases, a decrease of 11 percent from 93,540 new daily cases reported last week. The study found that cases are dropping in all regions apart from the northeast, but even there the increase is already slowing and should start dropping soon. New daily symptomatic cases are also going down in all age groups, with cases among the over-75s plateauing at low levels. Spector said this is a “reassuring sign” that the more vulnerable group has been spared from the worst of the Omicron wave. He said he does not expect these rates to go down to zero, but he thinks Omicron “will probably continue to circulate at manageable levels in the population until late spring.”

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The BBC trying to fess up to the WITH or FROM. But they claim it’s not just the numbers that go up with Omicron, it’s also the percentages?! Really? Why?

What’s Really Going On With Covid Deaths Data? (BBC)

Covid deaths are rising sharply in the UK, but an increasing proportion of these are actually due to something else, BBC analysis suggests. That’s because some people die with Covid rather than from it. The Omicron wave is driving rising infections, which means more people will catch it and some will get sick. Deaths will inevitably increase too, but not all will be “true” Covid ones. Others will be people who happened to test positive. There are a number of ways we monitor the number of deaths connected to Covid. The most prominent is the daily count of anyone who has died within 28 days of testing positive. For the vast majority of those people, Covid has been the primary cause of their death. But there has always been a minority who died from another cause.

And with Omicron infecting so many people, there is a higher likelihood of people dying from an unrelated reason in the month after testing positive than there has been in the past. Doctors registering a death record what may have contributed to it, and what most likely caused it. If Covid contributed in some way, that’s a death “involving Covid”. The number of these deaths has tracked the daily death count closely throughout most of the pandemic. During autumn and the run-up to Christmas, only about 15% of deaths involving Covid in England and Wales did not list Covid as the cause. In the week after Christmas, that rose to 22%. And in the coming weeks “we might expect that to rise further” says Cambridge statistician Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter “reflecting the very high levels of people with coronavirus”.

About 4.3 million people in the UK have coronavirus at the moment – a historically high level – and four times more than at the start of December. So the number of people who might happen to test positive for coronavirus in the month before their death is likely to be on the rise too. This wasn’t as much of an issue when fewer people had coronavirus. But at the moment you might expect to see, very roughly, about 55 of these “coincidental” Covid deaths a day, based on the roughly 2,000 people who die each day in the winter months – and the nearly 6% of people in the UK who have tested positive in the past four weeks (mostly young people at lower risk of dying).

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Brilliant idiocy.

Face Masks Make People Look More Attractive, Study Finds (G.)

There have been precious few positives during the Covid pandemic but British academics may have unearthed one: people look more attractive in protective masks.Researchers at Cardiff University were surprised to find that both men and women were judged to look better with a face covering obscuring the lower half of their faces. In what may be a blow for producers of fashionable coverings – and the environment – they also discovered that a face covered with a disposable-type surgical mask was likely to be deemed the most appealing. Dr Michael Lewis, a reader from Cardiff University’s school of psychology and an expert in faces, said research carried out before the pandemic had found that medical face masks reduced attractiveness because they were associated with disease or illness.

“We wanted to test whether this had changed since face coverings became ubiquitous and understand whether the type of mask had any effect,” he said. “Our study suggests faces are considered most attractive when covered by medical face masks. This may be because we’re used to healthcare workers wearing blue masks and now we associate these with people in caring or medical professions. At a time when we feel vulnerable, we may find the wearing of medical masks reassuring and so feel more positive towards the wearer.” The first part of the research was carried out in February 2021 by which time the British population had become used to wearing masks in some circumstances. Forty-three women were asked to rate on a scale of one to 10 the attractiveness of images of male faces without a mask, wearing a plain cloth mask, a blue medical face mask, and holding a plain black book covering the area a face mask would hide.

The participants said those wearing a cloth mask were significantly more attractive than the ones with no masks or whose faces were partly obscured by the book. But the surgical mask – which was just a normal, disposable kind – made the wearer look even better. “The results run counter to the pre-pandemic research where it was thought masks made people think about disease and the person should be avoided,” said Lewis. “The pandemic has changed our psychology in how we perceive the wearers of masks. When we see someone wearing a mask we no longer think ‘that person has a disease, I need to stay away’. “This relates to evolutionary psychology and why we select the partners we do. Disease and evidence of disease can play a big role in mate selection – previously any cues to disease would be a big turn-off. Now we can observe a shift in our psychology such that face masks are no longer acting as a contamination cue.”

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Both the OZ government and their citizens try to hide their failures and cowardice behind Djokovic.

Australia Minister Says Djokovic ‘Talisman’ Of Anti-vaccine Sentiment (ABC)

Lawyers for Novak Djokovic say Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has erroneously cancelled his visa on the grounds the tennis star is seen as a “talisman of a community of anti-vaccine sentiment”. In an application lodged with the Federal Circuit Court last night, and released online by the Federal Court today, Djokovic’s lawyers argue the visa cancellation is legally invalid. The world men’s number one was this afternoon taken to detention at Melbourne’s Park Hotel after spending several hours meeting with his lawyers. They are disputing Mr Hawke’s decision to cancel the visa on the grounds that Djokovic’s “presence in Australia may cause an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment, in effect because he may be perceived by some as a talisman of a community of anti-vaccine sentiment, leading to various negative consequences”.

Mr Hawke’s reasons for the decision, emailed to Djokovic’s lawyers last night and published by the court this morning, say his presence in Australia poses a health risk because it could encourage fewer people to get vaccinated and boosted. The minister argues it could also lead to an increase “in civil unrest of the kind previously experienced in Australia with rallies and protests which may themselves be a source of community transmission”. Djokovic’s legal team argues the minister failed to consider that his detention and forced removal from Australia may also foster anti-vaccination sentiment. They also argue that the minister “cited no evidence that supported his finding that Mr Djokovic’s presence in Australia may ‘foster anti-vaccination sentiment’, and it was not open to the minister to make that finding”.

Their final argument is that it was not open to the minister to make a finding “concerning Mr Djokovic’s ‘well-known stance on vaccination'”. The court documents show Mr Hawke received health advice showing Djokovic would be of “low” risk of transmitting the virus, and the risk of transmission at the Australian Open would be “very low” given the additional controls at the tournament. The Federal Court will hear Djokovic’s appeal against his visa cancellation on Sunday at 9.30am AEDT. The court set a timetable for dealing with the case during a brief Saturday morning administrative hearing. Djokovic’s lawyers agreed to file their outline of submissions by midday. Lawyers representing Mr Hawke will have until 10pm to file their written response.

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Just saying what he think his voters like to hear.

Australian Minister Says Risk Of ‘Civil Unrest’ Behind Djokovic Cancellation (G.)

Tennis champion Novak Djokovic, who has been described as a risk to “civil unrest” and a “talisman of anti-vaccination sentiment”, may never get the chance to defend his Australian Open title, facing a three-year ban from the country ahead of a last-ditch court challenge to stay. Australia’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, personally cancelled the unvaccinated world No 1’s visa, arguing his presence in Australia could incite “civil unrest” and encourage others to eschew vaccination against Covid-19. Djokovic faces a federal court hearing Sunday morning, Australia time, which will determine whether the minister acted unreasonably in rescinding his visa. Documents filed in the court reveal the minister’s reasons sent to Djokovic as justification for cancelling his visa.

Hawke said he accepted Djokovic’s recent Covid-19 infection meant he was a “negligible risk to those around him”, but that he was “perceived by some as a talisman of a community of anti-vaccine sentiment”. “I consider that Mr Djokovic’s ongoing presence in Australia may lead to an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment generated in the Australian community, potentially leading to an increase in civil unrest of the kind previously experienced in Australia with rallies and protests which may themselves be a source of community transmission. “Mr Djokovic is … a person of influence and status.

“Having regard to … Mr Djokovic’s conduct after receiving a positive Covid-19 result, his publicly stated views, as well as his unvaccinated status, I consider that his ongoing presence in Australia may encourage other people to disregard or act inconsistently with public health advice and policies in Australia.”

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“..the Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) Act..“

Senator Plans To Introduce ‘FAUCI Act’ After Doctor Called Him A ‘Moron’ (Fox)

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., published White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci’s unredacted financial records and accused him of being misleading when he told the Senate his financial disclosure forms were publicly available. While Fauci’s financial disclosure documents can be requested from the National Institute of Health, they aren’t listed in the same searchable database as many other federal officials. Fauci is “more concerned with being a media star and posing for the cover of magazines than he is being honest with the American people and holding China accountable for the COVID pandemic that has taken the lives of almost 850 thousand Americans,” Marshall told Fox News Digital in a statement.

“Just like he has misled the American people about sending taxpayers dollars to Wuhan, China, to fund gain-of-function research, about masks, testing, and more, Dr. Fauci was completely dishonest about his financial disclosures being open to the public — it’s no wonder he is the least trusted bureaucrat in America,” Marshall continued. “At the end of the day, Dr. Fauci must be held accountable to all Americans who have been suing and requesting for this information but don’t have the power of a Senate office to ask for it,” the Kansas Republican said, adding that for “these reasons” he is planning on “introducing the FAUCI Act so financial disclosures like these are made public and are easily accessible online to every American.”

Marshall’s office obtained the doctor’s most recent disclosure after filing an Office of Government Ethics request with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While Fauci’s financial disclosures are technically open to any member of the public who requests them, the records are not listed in an easily-accessible public database, and it can take months for a request to be fulfilled. The Center for Public Integrity submitted a request for Fauci’s financial disclosures with the NIH in May 2020, but did not receive the information until August of that year. When the organization did receive it, it was produced under the Freedom of Information Act and came back partially redacted.

The NIH is currently being sued for the production of Fauci’s financial records by watchdog organization OpenTheBooks.org. Fauci had told the Senate during his Tuesday hearing that his financial disclosures were publicly available online after Marshall had pointed out they are not. The two officials verbally sparred, culminating with Fauci calling Marshall — a fellow medical doctor — a “moron” and sparking headlines. Marshall announced that he would be introducing the Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) Act after the doctor called the sitting U.S. senator a “moron.”

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I’m reading this thinking what an incredible mess they’ve managed to make of it.

GE Halts Covid Mandate For Employees After Supreme Court Decision (BG)

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s vaccine-or-testing rule for large companies, General Electric said it would suspend the implementation of the mandate for its employees. The Boston-based maker of jet engines, wind turbines, and medical scanners confirmed the decision Friday via e-mail. GE is the first major company to announce a halt after the court’s decision to block the centerpiece of Biden’s push to boost COVID-19 vaccinations. GE holds a number of government contracts, so its 56,000 employees in the US originally fell under a separate vaccination mandate for federal contractors. The company paused that requirement in December — after a federal judge temporarily blocked the rule from going into effect — and then planned to comply with the vaccine-or-testing mandate for private employers. The federal mandate would have applied to all private employers with more than 100 employees, covering some 84 million workers in the United States.


[..] GE employees could still be required to be vaccinated under the rule that applies to federal contractors, which is in legal limbo. The Biden administration has said it would not enforce the federal contractor mandate until the court challenges are resolved. When GE was planning to roll out the vaccination policy, it ran into early stumbles with the employee union in Lynn, which has about 1,200 members. Justin Richards, a business agent for IUE-CWA Local 201, said at the time that employees felt that they didn’t have enough time to collectively bargain over the consequences of the mandate. It wasn’t clear what would happen if they failed to meet the deadline, and being terminated, laid off, or furloughed have different impacts on the status of health care benefits or severance packages, he said.

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Nothing to do with you liking Bongino or not. It’s about how much you like your own freedom.

YouTube Suspends And Demonetizes Dan Bongino Over ‘Mask Fascists’ Content (PM)

Conservative commentator Dan Bongino has been suspended by YouTube for questioning “mask fascists.” The Bongino Report announced on Twitter on Friday that the platform suspended Bongino for violating the site’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. “YouTube just suspended Dan’s channel for daring to question the mask fascists. I guess they were waiting for an apology from us. But that’s not quite how it worked out for them. Here’s Dan’s email to ‘Coco’ at YouTube telling them to plant a big wet kiss on his ass,” The Bongino Report tweeted Friday.The Post Millennial reached out to Bongino, who said: “I was anxiously waiting for YouTube to show us all who they are, and they finally did. Tyrants always show their true colors. I’m immediately going to post some of the content that got us suspended when the suspension is over, and I’m daring them to do something about it.”


Bongino also published his email to YouTube. “I was sent your email about YouTube’s suspension of my channel. If I said I was surprised here. I’d be lying,” Bongino said. “We knew it was just a matter of time before the tyrannical, free-speech hating, bullshit, big tech sh*thole you work for, would try to silence us. I anxiously waited for this moment however, as I’ve said on my show many times,” Bongino continued. “Thankfully, I’m one of the investors in Rumble, a video platform that respects free-speech. As a matter of fact, I have more than double the number of followers there, than on your sh*t platform.” “So here’s my deal to you, and there will be NO negotiation. After your ‘suspension’ I will immediately post content questioning why masks have been totally ineffective in stopping this pandemic. I dare you to do something about it,” he continued. “Respectfully Kiss My Ass, Dan Bongino,” ends Bongino’s email to YouTube.

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“..Vlad Putin, election-meddler supreme, is fixing to invade Ukraine, we’re told. Obviously, that would interfere with “Joe Biden’s” plan to make Ukraine America’s fifty-first state.”

Dog Gone (Kunstler)

[..] shall it be a foreign war or a civil war? Isn’t that the question? From the looks of things around “Joe Biden’s” White House, where a weird concrete fortification is being hoisted up on the north lawn as I write, it looks like they’re planning for action on the home front, perhaps a full-out assault by the lurking forces of white supremacy — painted savages in horned head-dresses screaming MAGA-MAGA-MAGA as they loot Dr. Jill’s walk-in closet. The Attorney General, Mr. Garland, has been warning us about this Satanic host of backward-facing demons. They breed like botflies in the red state hills and hollers, swarm and buzz in the school board meetings, caress their AR-15s in prostrate worship of their Trump bobbleheads, scheming to deprive BIPOCs of their votes.

They’d like to tie Democracy to the back bumper of a Ford Alpha F-150, drag it over seven miles of broken Southern Comfort bottles, and feed whatever’s left to the hogs. They must be stopped! Except… what if they fail to materialize? Maybe a foreign war would play better on social media and The View. Our arch-enemy, Vlad Putin, election-meddler supreme, is fixing to invade Ukraine, we’re told. Obviously, that would interfere with “Joe Biden’s” plan to make Ukraine America’s fifty-first state. When Sec’y of State Tony Blinken mentioned that to Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister blew mineral water through his nose all over the conference table. Would a friendly little tussle over that sad-sack country lift America’s animal spirits… like, get the economy firing on all cylinders?

Roust up all those work-force dropouts who disdain fine jobs waiting for them in the Amazon warehouses and the fry-lanes of Mickey-D? Put the brakes on all this fentanyl snorting…? All this porn-watching…? Turn around America’s long sickening slide into its own Hollywood fantasy of the zombie apocalypse? Well, I must be frank: probably not. Probably only hasten America’s journey to the political pits of hell (and Ukraine’s to its special sub-hell). What would be our strategy in this war over Ukraine? Arm Ukraine with the all the latest US gee-whiz fighting gear and let them have a go at the Russian army poised along the border of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts? That’ll work, I’m sure. Call it Operation Russian Roulette, only with a bullet in every chamber.

You see, it is not a generally-accepted fact among world military professionals that Ukraine has — how you say? — a well-disciplined, experienced fighting force. I hope that does not offend. If that doesn’t seem like a viable game-plan, do “Joe Biden,” Tony Blinken, and Lloyd Austin really suppose we would transport x-number of US troop divisions six thousand miles from Kansas to slug it out with those Russian divisions poised at the edge of their own homeland? Have a look at the world map and contemplate the logistical picture. Not so favorable for us, wouldn’t you agree? A long way to re-supply our boys, gals, and theys in uniform with fresh Kit-Kat bars.

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“Or else, Lavrov also told Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, the US will have war with Russia.”

How To Read The US Paper For Peace For Our Time (Helmer)

Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, announced on Thursday evening the US should now produce on paper its proposals for reducing the risk of war. Or else, Lavrov also told Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, the US will have war with Russia. Enough “arrogance of the highest degree”, and “foaming at the mouth”, Lavrov told Blinken. That “the Secretary of State of a serious state declares such things” is – Lavrov left the expletive unsaid. “We hope that the promises made now in Geneva and Brussels will be fulfilled. They concerned the fact that the United States and NATO would put their proposals ‘on paper’. We have clearly and repeatedly explained to them that we need to have an article-by-article reaction to our documents. If some position is not suitable, let them explain why and write ‘on paper’.

If it is suitable with amendments, then they should also be done in writing. If they want to exclude or add something – a similar request. We gave our thoughts in writing a month ago. There was plenty of time in Washington and Brussels. Both of them promised that they would put their reaction ‘on paper’.” Lavrov was waving the American piece of paper to remind that the piece of paper which British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain displayed on September 30, 1938 (lead image), on his return from talks with German Chancellor Adolph Hitler, contained the line expressing “the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again”. That turned out to be false – Hitler didn’t mean it; Chamberlain wasn’t sure but wanted his electorate to believe it, plus time to prepare.

Lavrov is announcing that Russia today knows the US intention is to go to war; and that Russia is prepared and is already on war footing on all fronts. That Sherman told Ryabkov on Monday “the United States and Russia agree that a nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought” is just as false, Lavrov has now declared — unless what follows is Sherman’s paper. On that paper there must be “legal guarantees of non-expansion of NATO to the East, legal guarantees of non-deployment of shock [nuclear] weapons in our neighbouring territories that pose a threat to Russia’s security, and in principle, the return of the configuration of the European security architecture to 1997, when the Russia-NATO Founding Act was signed. On its basis, the Russia-NATO Council was subsequently created. These are three key requirements. The rest of the proposals depend on how the conversation goes on these three initiatives.”

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“Comprehensive sanctions would be too destabilizing to global energy markets and that would blow back on the United States in a significant way.”

Putin’s Challenge To Western Hegemony – The 2022 Edition (Tooze)

As NATO meets to discuss the tension on the Russian border to Ukraine, and the papers fill with denunciations of Putin’s aggression, I still find it useful to return to the framework I developed in Crashed for analyzing the intersection of geopolitics and economics and the rise of Russia as a challenger. This framework consists of three basic propositions. The first is that though it is tempting to dismiss Putin’s regime as a hangover from another era, or the harbinger of a new wave of authoritarianism, it has the weight that it does and commands our attention because global growth and global integration have enabled the Kremlin to accumulate considerable power. The sophistication of Russian weaponry and its cyber capacity betoken the underlying technological potential of the broader Russian economy.

But what generates the cash is global demand for Russian oil and gas. And Putin’s regime has made use of this. It is reductive to think of Russia as a petrostate, but if you do indulge in that simplification you must recognize that it is a strategic petrostate more like UAE or Saudi than an Iraq, or Algeria. Russia is a strategic petrostate in a double sense. It is too big a part of global energy markets to permit Iran-style sanctions against Russian energy sales. Russia accounts for about 40 percent of Europe’s gas imports. Comprehensive sanctions would be too destabilizing to global energy markets and that would blow back on the United States in a significant way. China could not standby and allow it to happen. Furthermore, Moscow, unlike some major oil and gas exporters, has proven capable of accumulating a substantial share of the fossil fuel proceeds.

Since the struggles of the early 2000s, the Kremlin has asserted its control. In the alliance with the oligarchs it calls the shots and has brokered a deal that provides strategic resources for the state and stability and an acceptable standard of living for the bulk of the population. According to the WID-er data after the giant surge in inequality in the 1990s, Russia’s social structure has broadly stabilized. Putin’s regime has managed this whilst operating a conservative fiscal and monetary policy. Currently, the Russian budget is set to balance at an oil price of only $44. That enables the accumulation of considerable reserves. If you want a single variable that sums up Russia’s position as a strategic petrostate, it is Russia’s foreign exchange reserve. Hovering between $400 and $600 billion they are amongst the largest in the world, after those of China, Japan and Switzerland.

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“..his son Hunter being named chairman of the board of a large Ukrainian facemask conglomerate.”

To Save Time, Biden To Ship 500 Million Free Masks Directly To Landfill (BBee)

The White House is releasing new details surrounding President Biden’s plan to send free facemasks to every American. In an effort to save time, the free masks will be shipped directly to landfills nationwide. “The science tells us that wearing a high-quality mask over your nose and mouth probably might possibly help prevent COVID maybe,” said press secretary Jen Psaki. “Therefore, the President is committed to making sure every American has access to a medium-quality government mask manufactured by the lowest bidder.” “That being said, we realize that anyone who wants to wear a mask probably owns several dozen already,” Psaki continued.


“We also know that many others want your grandmother to die and thus refuse to wear masks at all. So, to save money, we’ll be shipping all masks directly to local landfills.” Joe Marsecci, chairman of the Masked Citizens Environmental Alliance, praised the Biden administration’s decision. “The decision to ship these masks directly to the landfill saves both time and money, as well as reducing carbon emissions from delivery and waste-hauling services,” Marsecci said. “The only thing more ecologically responsible would be dumping all the masks directly into the ocean.” At press time, the White House was denying reports that Biden’s plan to purchase 500 million facemasks was in any way related to his son Hunter being named chairman of the board of a large Ukrainian facemask conglomerate.

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    Johannes Vermeer The geographer 1668-69   • Omicron Wave of COVID-19 Has Peaked in UK (ET) • What’s Really Going On With Covid Deaths Data? (BBC)
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 15 2022]

    #98082
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Great power, without accountability, always leads to crimes against humanity.

    When will the masses in America awaken from the enchantment they’ve been placed under, will they notice before they’re the victim, too?

    The truth is being broadcast from the rooftops by brave, intelligent heroes but it seems that people either are too stupid or too invested in the party of perps to sense and/or admit the danger in the now…

    Have a nice weekend,

    Gary

    #98083
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “a “talisman of anti-vaccination sentiment”

    So Pro-Science Australia believes in Talismans? What is a talisman?

    “it can take months for a request to be fulfilled.”

    I thought it would be 75 years. Because we always do this when we are completely clean and have nothing to hide.

    “YouTube Suspends And Demonetizes Dan Bongino”

    Youtube has “muh Corporation” free speech (not really under Sec 230) but the Federal government is now directly involved in what speech is permissible. According to Biden and others. Congress has a direct hotline to Facebook when they want someone banned. Probably the rest too, as we have a complete merger of corporation and state, with a religious cult basis, rooted in social pressure, race-based and race-fascinated, banning guns and burning books at home, and aggressive wars overseas. Sound like any political definition you’ve heard of before?

    “Putin and Ukraine”

    Why would I care? Let all the other countries attack each other, Gen. Washington says it’s no business of ours. And it’s easy to say that when Russia doesn’t want Ukraine anyway. The U.S. spend 50 years planting that briar patch and now saying “Aw Russia, you sho’ don’t want to go in that briar patch”. Russia says, “Why yes, we totally agree.” “But you really REALLY don’t want to go into the Russian-hating briar patch that will become your new Vietnam.” “Why yes, thank you, we agree.”

    I’m embarrassed to be an anglo, or from an anglo country at least. They’re dumber than a box of rocks and twice as ugly.

    They think Ukraine’s pipeline is somehow valuable there. Uh, duh, the gas doesn’t come from Ukraine, it comes from Russia. Ukraine is a transit hub, soaking the EU for billions. The pipeline is also a complete wreck that needs to be totally rebuilt. And you can’t trust them. They keep playing games with NordStream, but it’s all rear-guard action. The U.S. has no solution, only extortion to put Germany in the cold and dark. They are going NordStream, and over time aligning with Russia, unless something very, very unusual happens, like one of the countries ceases to exist. So Brzezinski gets to watch his master plan collapse in front of him, and now MacKinder too. Couldn’t happen to nicer guys.

    P.S. as I’ve said before, every U.S. sanction strengthens Russia’s home industry. Putin now has leverage to be more independent each day, and he can blame the resulting hardship costs on America, which is totally true. As earlier, the Anglo Mafia is broke and needs to steal something very large and leverage/hypothecate it 300:1 or they collapse, and that ain’t happening. Like Cuba (tried) or Kazakh (tried) or Ukraine (tried). Game over.

    And still Evergrande defaults and everyone pretends it hasn’t, and they’ll somehow get paid. I guess when China takes over the U.S. it wouldn’t matter, right?

    #98084
    V. Arnold
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    Johannes Vermeer The geographer 1668-69

    Such a profound painting…
    Geography; our way of knowing; and going through and around the world…

    So many, are so ignorant of geography…

    #98085
    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Know the world you live within…

    #98086
    Red
    Participant

    Skimming through the following it’s a lovely utopia described, except no mention of the energy source required for powering it. https://www.iftf.org/fileadmin/user_upload/downloads/ourwork/IFTF_Hyperconnected_World_2020.pdf

    from the intro:
    Simply put, this world means more data, more devices, and more interactions between the two. A
    hyperconnected world will support up to 1 million devices per square kilometer of coverage area,
    orders of magnitude more than the 60,000 devices currently possible with 4G LTE networks. Sensor
    devices will become omnipresent—20.4 billion devices embedded with connected sensors will be
    operative this year alone. In this future, the very definition of scale itself will change—instead of
    billions of devices, the world will support hundreds of billions, or possibly trillions. The total amount
    of data produced in human history, already doubling every two years, is likely to double every six
    months. While the figures are impressive, less thought has been given to what this world will look like,
    and what the positive and negative effects of hyperconnection are likely to be—until now. The goal of
    this report is to forecast the hyperconnected world.

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    boilingfrog
    Participant

    We have the MVP (Mountain Valley Pipeline) cutting a big swath through our Appalachian Mountains. Right now it seems to be on hold as they fight out “stream crossings” in the courts. The travel trailers from Texas, Oklahoma, the Dakotas have all departed for the winter, the “man-camps” disassembled till Spring.

    I’ve told people for a couple of years that what’s playing out here is international in scope. Our government says they do not want Germany and the test of Europe dependent upon Russia for energy, no, they want to cut swaths through mountains of unstable karst, put in a 42″ high pressure pipe, build LNG ports and ships, and make Germany, et al, dependent upon the good old USA for their energy.
    I hope these companies have the younger Mr. B_den on board so he can bring his vast energy experience home to help us out.

    It seems to me that shifting from an old pipeline through Ukraine to a new one in the ocean is good free-market capitalism – lowering costs by cutting out an (unstable) intermediary. HBR (the Harvard Business Review) should be all over it as a case study in good corporate governance, I would think.

    In a side note, I have a 4″ high pressure gasline easement through my property (yet my neighborhood doesn’t have gas from it, go figure…). They used to “bush-hog” the entire thing once a year to keep those pesky trees from rooting down. For the past two years they’ve “saved money” by reducing crews and only cutting a swath, from marking post to marking post. (Am guessing dividends and buy-backs are holding steady, though…)

    #98088
    those darned kids
    Participant

    well, mr. fauci does look better with his human mask on..

    #98089
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    An editorial in a student newspaper at the University of Chicago describes some of the questionable decisions behind the authorization of the booster injections, among other points:

    UChicago Demands We Submit to Experimental Shots

    UChicago claims to rely upon “expert” opinion in structuring its COVID regime. Yet, even advisory committees at the FDA and CDC initially declined to recommend the COVID booster for those under the age of 65.

    The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee made an official recommendation to approve Pfizer’s application for boosters only for those 65 and older and certain high-risk populations after rejecting, in a 16-2 vote, Pfizer’s application for broader approval for the general population. The committee cited a lack of data on potential adverse effects, particularly the risks of developing myocarditis and pericarditis.

    However, the FDA chose to cast aside this concern and granted “approval” anyways. ​​But even this “approval” is itself questionable. The FDA only granted approval to Comirnaty, a legally distinct version of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine that isn’t actually available in the United States. The version of the vaccine currently available in the US remains under Emergency Use Authorization, not formal approval.

    Similarly, the CDC’s initial recommendation that Americans under the age of 65 receive boosters was made against the counsel of its own Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which voted to recommend boosters only for those over the age of 65 or who have underlying conditions. Director Rochelle Walensky [a political appointee] overruled this vote in an unusual departure from agency protocol. The committee later reversed course, recommending a booster for 12-17 year olds. But the calculus behind its sudden 180-degree turn remains unclear, given that the initial concerns regarding myocarditis and pericarditis remain unresolved.

    Editorial: UChicago Must End Its Booster Mandate—We Are Not Lab Rats
    https://thechicagothinker.com/editorial-uchicago-must-end-its-booster-mandate-we-are-not-lab-rats/

    #98091
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Our task as human beings, our “job description” if you will, is to use every means at our disposal to discover what is, and what is going on around us. And to then use that information as best we can to survive and promote the survival of those people and things that we deem to be worth the bother.

    #98092

    I hate to visit any doctors now that they all wear face masks. I don’t trust a face I can’t see. Why would they want to look like bandits? Is it a Freudian slip?

    Run on over to ZH and check out the undersea volcanic eruption near Tonga! Wow!

    #98093
    chooch
    Participant
    #98094
    chooch
    Participant

    Be interesting to see if/how Berenson responds to his asshole status Malone afforded him.

    #98095
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    With today’s artwork submission of Johannes Vermeer The geographer 1668-69 – I feel a distinct change of direction here. Perhaps the “mapping” of new strategy and perspective due to discovery and re-purposing of ideas?

    Highly recommended: the Chris Martenson interview with Rod Dreher. Worth every second! You can listen or read the transcript. Talk about a “roadmap”… Dr D – take a whirl at this content and build on the reservoir of fresh potentiality. We are called to traverse new ground with this….

    https://www.peakprosperity.com/totalitarianism-in-america-is-here/?utm_source=Peak+Prosperity+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8aa6f86f24-weekly-peak-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d77483a02b-8aa6f86f24-144089481

    #98096

    With today’s artwork submission of Johannes Vermeer The geographer 1668-69 – I feel a distinct change of direction here

    There is no link between art and content other than what people think they see.

    #98097
    those darned kids
    Participant

    #98098
    zerosum
    Participant

    Is the pen stronger than the sword?
    Russia says, ” Write it down”. (prove it)

    • How To Read The US Paper For Peace For Our Time (Helmer)

    Is Geneva 2022 Munich 1938 Without Chamberlain’s Piece Of Paper? How To Read the US Paper to Russia For Peace For Our Time

    https://mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/1794264/

    We have clearly and repeatedly explained to them that we need to have an article-by-article reaction to our documents. If some position is not suitable, let them explain why and write ‘on paper’.

    Lavrov is announcing that Russia today knows the US intention is to go to war; and that Russia is prepared and is already on war footing on all fronts. That Sherman told Ryabkov on Monday “the United States and Russia agree that a nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought” is just as false, Lavrov has now declared — unless what follows is Sherman’s paper. On that paper there must be “legal guarantees of non-expansion of NATO to the East, legal guarantees of non-deployment of shock [nuclear] weapons in our neighbouring territories that pose a threat to Russia’s security, and in principle, the return of the configuration of the European security architecture to 1997, when the Russia-NATO Founding Act was signed. On its basis, the Russia-NATO Council was subsequently created. These are three key requirements. The rest of the proposals depend on how the conversation goes on these three initiatives.”

    Also unmentioned is the withdrawal of about 10,000 Russian troops to their barracks, announced by the Russian Army on December 25-26.

    https://www.reuters.com/markets/europe/more-than-10000-russian-troops-returning-bases-after-drills-near-ukraine-2021-12-25/

    So far there has been neither US acknowledgement nor reciprocal response.

    Lavrov omitted to mention nuclear-armed US Navy operations in the Baltic and Black Seas.

    https://turkishnavy.net/

    Foreign Warships On Bosphorus in 2021

    List of foreign warship movements through Turkish Straits in 2021. Last updated: 31.12.2021

    ———-
    Repeat
    “every U.S. sanction strengthens Russia’s home industry. Putin now has leverage to be more independent each day, and he can blame the resulting hardship costs on America, which is totally true.”

    (In general, every U.S. sanction strengthens home industry of the attacked/sanctioned country.)

    ———

    #98099
    Susmarie108
    Participant

    RE: “There is no link between art and content other than what people think they see.”

    The daily art is a “random post”, which makes it even more significant.

    Like pulling a card from the Tarot. The interpretation or not – is in the hands/head/Heart of the reader. The art is one of the most appreciated aspects of this site.

    #98101
    those darned kids
    Participant

    wow, our very own deflationista is actually alex berenson!

    #98102
    zerosum
    Participant

    Report from the front line – Freedom Fighters

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/great-omicron-sickout-millions-sick-americans-causing-hellacious-worker-shortages

    The Great Omicron Sickout: Millions Of Unwell Americans Causing “Hellacious” Worker Shortages

    At present, Covid cases are averaging nearly 1 million per day nationally based on a seven-day moving average reported by CBS News – the highest number since the pandemic began. The number is undoubtedly higher, of course, as milder Omicron symptoms combined with a shortage of testing means that cases are potentially vastly understated. That said, deaths have continued to remain remarkably low.

    “We are still dealing with a massive driver shortage — 80,000 and counting — with one truck available for every 16 loads. Omicron only intensifies that problem,” said Woods. “Absenteeism in warehouses is resulting in late shipments, and retailers don’t have the employee base to restock shelves.”

    ———
    Labor Shortage Hits CVS, Walgreens, Forcing Pharmacies To Close Early
    ———
    Teachers Across France Stage Mass Walkout Over Govt’s Ever-Changing COVID-19 Rules
    ——-
    Fully Vaccinated Australians In Hospital For COVID-19 Surpass Unvaccinated
    ———
    General Electric Abandons Biden’s Vax Mandate After SCOTUS Ruling While Nike Doubles Dow
    ————

    #98103
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    Our so-called Civilization (for lack of a better word) has a severe Autoimmune disorder, in which it is attempting to kill the immune system that’s trying to save Civilization from killing itself.

    Opps, gotta go ! The patient just Coded Blue.

    #98104
    Bill7
    Participant

    The infighting (or “infighting”?) between Mr. Berenson and Dr. Malone is giving quite an odd feeing.
    Brings to mind some of Dr D.’s recent comments..

    #98107
    those darned kids
    Participant

    hahahaha, the u.k. government releases its own sex tape!

    #98114
    Michael Reid
    Participant

    What is weird is the jabbed have been poisoned.

    The unvaccinated have chosen to live their lives freely by refusing the jab of poison.

    Genius death box.

    The jabbed have unwittingly committed variable time delayed suicide.

    #98115
    Maxwell Quest
    Participant

    “Is the pen stronger than the sword?
    Russia says, ” Write it down”. (prove it)”

    Yes, I saw this ‘on paper’ insistence by the Russian Foreign Affairs Minister interesting. I’m certain that Lavrov was hinting at the failed verbal promises made by Secretary James Baker to Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not advance “one inch to the east” with the reunification of Germany. He might as well demand that they ‘smokum peace pipe’ and ‘pinkie swear’ for all the good that would do to cement an agreement.

    The only thing that will keep the West in check at this point, where it is currently slobbering over the possibility of global dominion, is raw power and the threat of annihilation. Agreements under these conditions are worthless, written or verbal.

    #98116
    Figmund Sreud
    Participant

    Re, Sergei Lavrov’s, Russia’s Foreign Minister, interview referred to in Helmer’s today included above article. Full English translation:

    https://mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/1794264/?lang=en

    … I say, it’s diplomatic, but quite harsh and to the point!

    F.S.

    #98118
    Bill7
    Participant

    > Agreements under these conditions are worthless, written or verbal. <

    Agreed- but a written agreement, as Russia is wisely demanding, now- highlights the relative positions of the two coutries. I notice that Russia has been especially carelful and deliberate
    during this last phase of US-manufactured “crisis”. Not a good sign for the latter, maybe.

    On a tangent- I’ve been thinking for awhile about why exactly Mssrs Blinken and Sullivan were so clownishly provocative in meeting with the Chinese in Alaska, awhile back.

    interesting stuff.

    #98121
    Veracious Poet
    Participant

    Highly recommended: the Chris Martenson interview with Rod Dreher. Worth every second! You can listen or read the transcript. Talk about a “roadmap”… Dr D – take a whirl at this content and build on the reservoir of fresh potentiality. We are called to traverse new ground with this….

    https://www.peakprosperity.com/totalitarianism-in-america-is-here/?utm_source=Peak+Prosperity+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8aa6f86f24-weekly-peak-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d77483a02b-8aa6f86f24-144089481

    The problem with all this talk about saving America, thus western civilization, is that the American “experiment” only existed in the hearts & minds of “We the People”, who now are MOSTLY indoctrinated to hate themselves & all things Americanus…

    Constant bombardment by mind brainwashing devices present in every home, along with publik edu-mak’cion, was more than they could bear 😐

    This is most profoundly seen in the Old World, where all of the American influence that brought them out of the chains of feudalism has fallen under endemic proglodyte CULT indoctrination, along with other various jejune ideologies, allowing “The Club” to gain/build totalitarian powers through lies & other artifices of deception in the wake of Pax Americana.

    The same insidious disease has slowly depleted the core of MEN willing to lay their lives down to create, build, expand & protect Americanus from pyschopathic tyrants, deviants and other assorted ne’er-do-wells that have infiltrated media, institutions, .gov et al., through destruction of ethical/moral cultural norms with the Me Me Me! puerile illusion which birthed “There is no shame, anything goes” mores now dominant across U$ society, fed by the all powerful, immortal U$ Empire Inc. that only exists through existence of complex systems, now failing due to an inability to maintain the foundation built by a volunteer capitalist society, which should have been constrained by the rule-of-law.

    When GOOD men do nothing…

    Once the taken-for-granted life support systems of America fade & fail, LARGE portions of western civ will wither on the vine, leaving to the imagination what fallout will be realized in communities of fatuous strangers, sycophants & toadies along with a generous sprinkling of criminally insane, which includes many mercenaries no longer employed by “The Club”.

    Interesting times indeed,

    Gary

    #98122
    Rover
    Participant

    Interesting times,in deed

    #98124
    those darned kids
    Participant

    don’t dig a hole for someone else, as you will fall into it yourself ~ russian proverb

    #98125
    Dimitri
    Participant

    @all

    I have a question. One and a half year ago I had a major operation and I needed three bags of blood. What happens now if one who has not been vaccinated and he doesn’t want to be, has to have an operation? Will he be able to find blood that’s not contaminated by this experimental vaccine? Would one be able to have a choice? Does anyone else have the same concerns?

    #98126

    @dmitri

    Yes! I too have wondered this. While to me, here in Canada ( where we are trying our best to out idiot our fellow commonwealth countries in draconian over the top Covid responses ) I am going to wager that such a suggestion would be rolling on the floor laughed at !

    It provides yet another way to get some “juice” in a recalcitrant persons body.

    The beatings will continue until morale improves you malignant human slime buckets. Following the “SCIENCE” !

    #98129
    Mister Roboto
    Participant

    @Dimitri: I have heard reports of that issue coming up, and hospitals generally do not honor requests for blood from an unvaccinated donor. I don’t know whether that’s out of disrespect for the unvaxxed or if it would be too much hassle and expense to separate blood donations based on vaccination-status. I can imagine it being either one.

    #98130
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The unvaxed are starting dating services that only want the unvaxxed as potential partners.

    Who can blame them, they want healthy children, it’s nerve racking enough just to have kids in normal times.

    Hard to prove a negative however.

    Does a blood test showing the absence of spike protein, Lipid nanoparticles, graphene oxide and Luciferase prove you weren’t vaxxed?

    Many forward thinking young people who want kids don’t want a potential partner with Spike Protein, Lipid Nanoparticles, Graphene Oxide and Luciferase coursing through their blood stream and genitalia.

    The exchange of bodily fluids is a touchy matter anyway.

    Who could blame them.

    But the Woketard Satanists will say that a non vaxxed dating service is discriminatory and Hateful (OMG!)

    So what do you think the reaction of the mass-murdering medical staff will be at your hospital if you request ‘non vaxxed’ blood?

    Will the staff’s heads spin around like the Exorcist?

    How dare you asked for non experimental non mRNA blood!!!

    They didn’t screen the blood supply for HIV, why on earth do it for the KillShot?

    #98133
    those darned kids
    Participant
    #98134
    those darned kids
    Participant
    #98135
    those darned kids
    Participant

    https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/the-daily-beast-asked-me-to-comment/comments

    mr. berenson “responds”. read the comments, as well.

    #98137
    those darned kids
    Participant

    alex berenson attacked dumbledore and made himself look like a slytherin.

    #98138
    deflationista
    Participant

    #98141
    those darned kids
    Participant
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